I try to always think of playing as RELEASING AIR, not putting out air. We have to get to a place where the air is like something stored and ready, and you let it go at the desired time and pace. This comes with practice, and is why sometimes, if one has been out of practice for awhile, one loses contact with the air. The air feels unfamiliar and is not a part of you, so you can't release anything from you. It becomes something foreign where you feel like you have to produce it first. Then you'd have to shape it again to make it a part of you.
Daring to release the air is a much harder concept to grasp. Indeed, we always want to hang on to something. To have true security by letting go is the key.
ABOUT THE BLOG:
I got inspired to document my own observations in flute-playing and music-making. Also, I thought it's important to pass on the teachings of the great Wilbert Hazelzet, as well as many other mentors who have influenced my artistic visions one way or the other. Enjoy this potpourri of tips, inspirations, and musings.
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